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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley hailed after 'big performance'
MARK Cooper praised Jay McEveley’s character after the defender bounced back from his horror show at Preston with a stand-out performance in Swindon Town’s 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
McEveley was at fault for Preston’s opener and scored a bizarre second-half own goal at Deepdale but seven days later was a rock on the left of defence and linked up well with the midfield in front of him as Town ground out a win at the County Ground.
His manager was delighted with the player’s response to his display in the north west, and saluted his application on a difficult afternoon for the Robins.
“He’s a strong character,” said Cooper.
“He will know that he let himself down last week with the goals we conceded but to bounce back with a performance like that is full credit to him.
“He’s a good professional, he wants to win and he’s put in a big performance after last week. I thought Jay was outstanding today. It shows his character.
“He’s bounced back and put in a man-of-the-match performance, I thought.
“He was very good for us today and after last week I’m pleased for him.
“It’s invaluable that we’ve got him and Wardy.
“At times they kept it calm when we could have come under serious pressure.”
Like Troy Archibald-Henville, McEveley has to stick to a separate training regime to the rest of the Swindon squad as he protects his knee following an operation at the end of last year.
Cooper confirmed that the former Barnsley man is unable to take part in full training with the rest of the Town players every day of the week.
“He can’t train every day so he doesn’t on a couple of days during the week, but if he puts in performances like that we won’t worry,” he said.
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